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KENYATTA: All Kenyan pupils who sat KCPE will get admission letters by Xmas [VIDEO]

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Candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination are likely to get their results this week, it has emerged.

This follows an announcement on Sunday by President Uhuru Kenyatta that marking of the papers is complete.

The President spoke in Gachororo village in Juja, Kiambu County where he attended church service and presided over a fundraising at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa.

He said very few cases of cheating and other malpractices were witnessed this year.

“I thank the parents, teachers and candidates. We want to congratulate those who made the examinations a success,” Mr Kenyatta said.

 

He added that the candidates will be given a chance to join secondary school, irrespective of their scores.

They will receive admission letters to secondary school before Christmas, he said.

“We know that you did your best. Do not worry even if you get a poor grade because we are going to ensure that you all get a chance join Form One,” Mr Kenyatta said.

He added, “And according to our (government’s) plans, we want all the candidates, before Christmas holiday, to have received their respective letters [of] admission.”

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

The Head of State asked parents to ensure that all candidates are admitted to Form One, adding that even if they do not get grades that will earn them ad-mission to universities, they will join technical and vocational education and training colleges for skills-based training.

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This year, a total of 1,060,703 sat the KCPE exam. Of these, a total 2,481 were candidates with special needs.

Among them, 531,548 were boys while the rest were girls. There were 27,161 exam centres.

The exams began in October 30 and ended in November 1, 2018.

MARKING

Before the exams began, Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) Chairman George Magoha had announced that, the marking of exams would take approximately three weeks.

Dr Magoha had said that Knec would use 20 machines it acquired last year to mark the exams.

The optical mark recognition (OMR) machines enable the examiners to scan exam papers with multiple choice answers and can handle up to 10,000 papers daily.

PROGRAMMED

They are programmed with the correct answers and detect the pencil shade on the answer sheets.

Since last year, only the English composition and the Kiswahili Insha are marked manually.

After marking, the examiners are expected to pass the marked scripts to a new machine for the tallying of marks.

Last year, the machines were said to be 99.9 percent efficient.

The 2017 KCPE exam results were released on November 21.

According to the Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, there was no exam leakage this year.

But this year saw the highest number of pregnant schoolgirls sitting the KCPE exam across the country.

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Ms Mohamed has since ordered the quality assurance team in the ministry to investigate the rising teenage pregnancy cases and file a report.

 

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Family says Paul Manyasi not their son, sets record straight

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A Kakamega family has denied the report by a British TV that its firstborn could be the person whose body fell from a plane in the United Kingdom.

The family has revealed to Standard Digital that their son was called Cedrick Shivanji and not Paul Manyasi as extensively reported by Sky TV yesterday.

“My brother could be alive and they got the names of my parents’ and village name wrong,” Brian Beti told Standard Digital.Sky TV’s John Sparks said the parents were called Paul Manyasi and Irene Manyasi. Brian says his parents are Isaack Beti and Janet Khakali.

“He last posted on Facebook in July yet the man they were reporting about fell from the plane on June 30,” Brian added.

Asked if the family had contacted their son, Brian says he often changed phone numbers and it was hard to get hold of him.“Someone has told dad that he was last seen at Kibera Law Courts,” Brian said, adding that his father was preparing to travel to Nairobi to authenticate the information.

Sky TV reported that Paul, who was 29, was a cleaner for Colnet company at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi.Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) yesterday denied that they could not get any individual named Paul Manyasi in the JKIA register.

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The authority further clarified that any person working at the airport required an access pass, but that the name Manyasi could not be traced from the airport pass biometric register.Today, Colnet Limited Kenya also denied that they had such an employee in their records.

“Colnet is aware of the incident by way of fact that there were investigations carried out on the stowaway incident and the company has provided its employees’ record and information to the investigative authorities which confirm that there is no employee by the name Paul Manyasi,” the cleaning company said.

More to follow.

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Janet Wanja announces engagement to Italian boyfriend

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Could the wedding bells be ringing for Kenyan volleyball star Janet Wanja?

The Kenya Pipeline setter on Tuesday took to Facebook and announced her engagement to Italian boyfriend Giulio Calauti.

This piece of news was received with excitement and congratulatory notes from her friends on Facebook with some asking when to expect her in a wedding gown.

VISIT HIS FAMILY

Wanja has been dating Giulio for the past year or so and at some point, the Italian invited the Malkia Striker to Italy to visit his family.

And perhaps to show her commitment, Wanja appears to be learning some Italian going by the recent birthday message she posted to her better half.

“I thank God for blessing you yet another year to celebrate. My prayer is He keeps watching over you as He Always Has. Grazie mio cuore (thank you my heart) for always being there for me and loving me in waits I could never have imagined,” wrote Wanja.

The development provides a triple celebration for Wanja who recently helped the national women volleyball team win the African Games title in Morocco.

She also landed a lucrative endorsement deal with a betting company believed to be worth millions of shillings.

Janet Wanja.

by NN

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17th body found floating on Nairobi River during clean-up

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A body of an infant has been found during the ongoing clean-up of Nairobi River in Korogocho area.

The discovery brings to 17 the number of bodies retrieved from the river since Governor Sonko launched the Nairobi River cleanup exercise early last year, according to Nairobi county government spokesman Elkana Jacob. So far, bodies of 13 infants and four adults have been retrieved from the river.

“Right now we are still in shock,” said Fredrick Okinda, chairman of Komb-Green Solutions, the organisation behind the clean-up. “One of us saw the floating baby and we rushed to save him as a team. We managed to recover him but he was already dead.”

This is the ninth baby his organisation has found in one section of the river in a few months. The team has buried the bodies in a makeshift grave next to the river.

PLASTIC BAG

Okinda believes that this was another aborted baby and has previously blamed illegal clinics for some of the bodies found.

In May, the clean-up crew found the body of an eight-year-old boy, just days after the bodies of twin babies were discovered in a plastic bag.

Abortions are illegal in Kenya, unless a woman’s life or health is in danger.

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The news coincides with the first day of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which sees thousands of experts in sexual and reproductive health gather in Nairobi.

Some 6,000 people – including heads of state, government ministers and donors – will gather to discuss everything from sex education to maternal deaths and child marriage.

The event has come under fire from Christian groups who claim that it is promoting abortion and homosexuality in Kenya.

At a press conference on Monday, Saitoti Torome, Principal Secretary at the State Department of Planning, said authorities had been engaging with faith-based organisations to ensure that concerns were addressed.

“There is no attempt to push issues like homosexuality and abortion at this conference,” he said.

“This is a global summit, not a Kenya summit,” added Arthur Erken, UNFPA’s Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships.

“This is an important issue for women and girls and that is why we cannot shy away from these difficult issues. What to do with it afterward is the sovereign right of every nation.”

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